We, the Navigators: The Ancient Art of Landfinding in the Pacific

  title={We, the Navigators: The Ancient Art of Landfinding in the Pacific},
  author={D. Lewis},
The second edition of David Lewis' classic book on Pacific navigation promises to satisfy yet again scholars and seafarers alike - and all others who have marveled at the ability of island mariners to navigate hundreds of miles of open ocean without instruments. The new edition includes a discussion of theories about traditional methods of navigation developed during the past two decades, the story of the renaissance of star navigation throughout the Pacific, and material about navigation… Expand
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